Gastonia explores idea of public firearms park

The Associated Press

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GASTONIA – A North Carolina city has set aside $150,000 that could be used to buy hundreds of acres for a public shooting park.

Noise from Gastonia’s current rifle and pistol range is bothering visitors to the adjacent Rankin Lake Park. Council members have previously considered reducing the hours at the Gastonia Skeet and Trap Range, but that was voted down a year ago.

Councilwoman Brenda Craig said the popular shooting range is also reaching capacity.

She said the city needs to buy at least 250 acres for a shooting park that includes eight skeet fields and could host tournaments.

Craig said the park could attract area residents who don’t have a public, outdoor place where they can go shoot.